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Presque Isle Yacht Club -- Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

Presque Isle Yacht Club

Presque Isle Yacht Club is the best location for boaters on Presque Isle Bay in Erie, PA. Easy to get to, sheltered, and close to downtown eateries, bars and culture, we know you'll find PIYC an excellent group of people to join or visit.

42.135714? N -- 80.092255? W

120 West Front Street, Erie, PA 16507


A Little History

Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie and situated within one of the finest natural harbors on the Great Lakes, the Presque Isle Yacht Club is the home port for 150 members and their families. In 1944, a group of Erie boaters who rented their boat stalls from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at Presque Isle State Park joined together to form Presque Isle Boat Owners Association. Their primary purpose was to improve the ailing facilities at their rented boat dockage. These members proposed to rebuild the existing docks near today's Presque Isle State Park's Nature Center Building. The project was completely funded by the newly formed Boat Owners Association. In exchange for the service the Commonwealth, the State Park, and the Harbor Commission allowed the Club the use of the property adjacent to the Nature Center. This proved to be a worthwhile partnership with the Commonwealth. Boat dockage that would have then cost the Commonwealth $125,000 in repairs was reformed and expanded into a well-designed marina at no expense to the Commonwealth. Over the years, the Club nurtured and further expanded this facility until the late 1950's, when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania rebuilt the peninsula and created the 'new lake' in the process. The Commonwealth realized the benefits provided by the Presque Isle Yacht Club (renamed from Presque Isle Boat Owners Association) and agreed to provide the Club a lease at this newly created lake. The Club designed and built another attractive marina, using its own labor and financial resources. Eventually, the Commonwealth reappraised the use of Presque Isle State Park lands and started controlling and restricting usage. This meant that Presque Isle Yacht Club, as well as other facilities located on the peninsula, would have to seek a new home. It was 1962 and there was still tremendous potential on Erie's under-developed waterfront. The members of Presque Isle Yacht Club formed a partnership with the City of Erie and leased an area in the west canal basin at the foot of Peach Street to relocate its yacht club. They used the guidance and assistance of Art Gardner, Erie's Mayor, and Joe Martin, Erie's Port Administrator and former Mayor. Once again, club members invested their own labor and money to quickly modernize this deteriorated area. The end result of this effort was the installation of docking accommodations for one hundred forty-two boats and ten guest stalls. Land construction features a well-maintained clubhouse including restrooms, showers, kitchen, and other facilities for members and guests. The premises include a picnic shelter, grill area, boat lift facility, pump-out station, lighted parking lot, and gated access. Caretakers are on duty throughout the boating season to care for needs of the members and guests. Presque Isle Yacht Club takes pride in developing and maintaining its boating facilities to the benefit of Erie's entire boating community. The visiting boats that stay at Presque Isle Yacht Club during the boating season generate considerable tourist revenue to many stores, restaurants, bars, and other businesses in the rejuvenated Erie downtown and bayfront. The Presque Isle Yacht Club is known throughout the Great Lakes as a friendly place for visiting boats to stop. Presque Isle Yacht Club is the best location on the bay. Visit us and we think you will agree that we are truly are the boaters' gateway to beautiful Presque Isle and ERIEsistible Erie!



Contact Us

Email Inquiries: commodore@piyc.com

Phone: 814-455-7655 (ask for caretaker or club officer)

Mailing Address: PO Box 1075, Erie, PA 16512

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Email Inquiries: vicecommodore@piyc.com

Phone: 814-455-7655 (ask for caretaker or club officer)


Rate: $1.50 per registered foot per night

Includes Power, Water, and WiFi


The Presque Isle Yacht Club has built a large group of friends that visit us year after year. We don't think you'll find a nicer bunch of people to dock with! Come visit us and we think you'll agree! Among our amenities:

  • Sheltered marina basin
  • Slips for boats up to 40 feet
  • (We can usually accommodate larger boats at the dock ends and in our liftwell - just give us a call)
  • 30-amp service, pump-out, water, and WiFi included in the guest rate
  • Clean and spacious washrooms, shower stalls, and kitchen
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Playground area and dog walk
  • Large, new picnic pavilion with multiple gas grills
  • Best location on the bay!
  • Easy access to bayfront and downtown restaurants, bars, and attractions (we are at the foot of State Street and on the Bayfront Highway.)


Join Us

Email Inquiries: commodore@piyc.com

Phone: 814-455-7655 (ask for caretaker or club officer)


Presque Isle Yacht Club

Presque Isle Yacht Club is currently accepting applications for membership. We're a family-oriented club of around 500 people counting member spouses and children. Friendly people, good times, and a great place to keep your boat await! With events throughout the boating season (and the off-season too) there's always something fun going on. As the bayfront improves around us, so too are we in the midst of some pretty cool improvements, most recently in the form of a brand new picnic shelter facility. We are a pleasant sanctuary wrapped in a view of the bay, Dobbins Landing Tower, the Sheraton Bayfront Hotel, the Bayfront Convention Center, and Erie skyline. We are convenient to downtown and bayfront attractions, and right off of the Bayfront Highway?our location can't be beat! PIYC is a member-run club. We do our best to use the abilities of our members to keep costs down, which also makes us one of the best deals going. Associate memberships (no boat) are also available-Contact Us!

Approximate Costs:
Dues and Fees of $480 per year, dockage at $21 per registered foot, optional winter storage at $10 per registered foot, and other optional nominal fees apply every year. Initiation fees apply for the first 3 years. You can choose to pay your initiation fees in one of two ways: You can pay $3500 up front, or pay three equal installments of $1300 in each of the first, second, and third years for a total of $3900. For both options the initial installment must accompany the application. CLICK HERE for our handy Membership Cost Calculator to get an estimate tailored to your boat and needs.

(Power and Water are included in dockage fee. Additional fees apply for keeping trailers and dinghies in the yard. Members are required to contribute (or pay for) a set minimum of annual work hours. Member sponsorship required. Email us or call us for more information and to arrange a tour. Fees and rates subject to change annually.)



PIYC Officers

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Past Commodores

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1944-1950  Harold Eisert, Sr.
1944-1950 Harold Eisert, Sr.
1951  Elmer Schmidt
1951 Elmer Schmidt
1951-1952  Oral Yocom
1951-1952 Oral Yocom
1953 Henry Larson
1953 Henry Larson
1954  Charles Resinger
1954 Charles Resinger
1955 Frank Papp
1955 Frank Papp
1956-1957 Anthony Penna
1956-1957 Anthony Penna
1965 William Stow
1965 William Stow
1966 Robert Campbell
1966 Robert Campbell
1967 Charles Barcio
1967 Charles Barcio
1968 Simion (Sam) J. Cristea
1968 Simion (Sam) J. Cristea
1969 Nicholas Andrews
1969 Nicholas Andrews
1970 Alvin Bax
1970 Alvin Bax
1971 Richard Ersley
1971 Richard Ersley
1972 Anthony DeAngelo
1972 Anthony DeAngelo
1974, 1986 Robert Baughman
1974, 1986 Robert Baughman
1975 Neal Hammill
1975 Neal Hammill
1976 Joseph Skindell
1976 Joseph Skindell
1977 James Pelkowski
1977 James Pelkowski
1978 Albert Sarti
1978 Albert Sarti
1980 James Higgins
1980 James Higgins
1981 Richard DuMond
1981 Richard DuMond
1983 Harold Eisert, Jr.
1983 Harold Eisert, Jr.
1984 David Nishnick
1984 David Nishnick
1985 James Flynn
1985 James Flynn
1988 Charles Chatham
1988 Charles Chatham
1989-1990 Perry Ross
1989-1990 Perry Ross
1991 Donald May
1991 Donald May
1992 Gerald Skolnik
1992 Gerald Skolnik
1993 Gary Bunting
1993 Gary Bunting
1994 Jerome Munz
1994 Jerome Munz
1995 James Hammill
1995 James Hammill
1996 Dale Orengia
1996 Dale Orengia
1997 Sam Best
1997 Sam Best
1998, 2006 Dan Krahe
1998, 2006 Dan Krahe
1999 Ron Berarducci
1999 Ron Berarducci
2000, 2002 Tony DiNicola
2000, 2002 Tony DiNicola
2001 Bob Franz
2001 Bob Franz
2003 Anne Eisert
2003 Anne Eisert
2004 Gene Krahe, Sr
2004 Gene Krahe, Sr
2007 Mark Eisert
2007 Mark Eisert


Eisert Award Recipients

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